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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Charlie Brown aka Guiseppi Marzotto (Excuse spelling)
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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Tony Brooklister (alias Colin Meredith) whilst having second half (remember those?) trials at Cowley back in the seventies.
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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Remember Bill Barrett at Cowley...never knew that!
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    Once a Jolly Swagman

    Always worth a view.
  5. Just re-read the interview that he gave in an edition of 'Backtrack' some years ago. Yes, Ron, was very upset by what happened to Denny as were many of the Americans at the time. On his return to the States he began to promote a yearly Denny Pyeatt Memorial Meeting at a track that Ron had opened at El Centro. He admits however that although he should have continued to race for a further two years he felt that he was "burned out after ten years of racing" although he had no regrets. At the time of the interview (2004) he was in the process of developing a 2.5 mile paved track, speedway track, motorcross, drag strips, trails, campground, water-park on an 1100-acres huge piece of property in Imperial County. I saw him ride many times for "the Eagles" and was a class act.
  6. Yes I was following 'falcace's ' lead whereby Alan Grahame was listed who also rode twice as a reserve during the 1984 World Final.
  7. Great idea! 1. Bobby Schwartz 2. Bob Kilby 3. Garry Middleton 4. Ron Preston 5. Vaclav Verner 6. Arne Pander 7. Charlie Monk 8. Jim McMillan 9. Roy Trigg 10. George Hunter 11. Dave Younghusband 12. Sandor Levai 13. Phil Herne 14. Reg Wilson 15. Norman Hunter 16. Andy Grahame ...different list tomorrow probably!
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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Hans Nielsen was/is always a gentleman.
  9. It was very disappointing for Eastbourne that neither Gordon, Kelly or Ron turned out for 'The Eagles' in 1983 having all putting in superlative performances the previous season. There was a very interesting interview with Ron in an edition of 'Backtrack' some years ago (I'll hunt it out) but if memory serves he decided not to return to the UK because he was involved in setting up his own speedway in the States. He rode with a knee injury picked up while at Poole which, if I recall, always caused him some issues. A great talent and lost too early in the UK.
  10. I think tha he achieved a higher average around Eastbourne than either Gordon or Kelly.
  11. Remember Ron Preston at Arlington...a very classy rider especially his first bend sweeps!
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    Les "muscles"Owen

    During 1961 in a match at Coventry Arne was thrown from his machine in an accident involving Les Owen and suffered a fractured skull. Obviously before my time but some I have spoken to who witnessed the accident blamed Owen and never forgave him.
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    Tai Woffinden at his majestic best Sunday April 14th

    ...and early morning starts for Pete Wigley who was a postman and Dave Younghusband a milkman and, yes, before any smart alec replies I understand the 'tongue in cheek' direction in which this particular thread is heading!
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    Les "muscles"Owen

    He was never really forgiven at Cowley for the serious injury suffered to Arne Pander when they once met on track.
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    Tai Woffinden at his majestic best Sunday April 14th

    My first year of speedway and Belle Vue visiting Oxford was a highlight that I shall never forget...especially when Garry Middleton had an off-track argument with the character 'Soldier Boy' who was there supporting Aces' guest Ray Wilson!
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    Tai Woffinden at his majestic best Sunday April 14th

    I would agree as has the analysis of Tai Woffinden and "who's best" and comparing eras etc etc.
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    Seem to remember 'Joe' and an equally tough competitor Les Owen settling their 'differences' on track once.
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    Always recall looking at 'Joe's' bike strapped to the back of his car (no vans/mobile homes in those days) and it had so much tape on it holding it together. Of the old school and it was riders like Colin who were the soul of the sport...a great character.
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    Swindon Stadium

    I was talking to a group from Swindon (non speedway fans) yesterday who gave me an update regarding the new stadium at Swindon. Apparently the old stadium is about to be demolished but it's not clear when work starts on the replacement one? I hope that this doesn't turn into another Reading based on false hopes. Anybody any news (I can't find any reliable information) as Blunsdon holds many memories for yours truly?
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    He and Pete Jarman would look out for each other as team mates at Cowley and if either was messed about on track by a rival then retribution would be delivered by one or the other.
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    Malcolm Simmons held him in high esteem I remember reading.
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    Colin 'Joe' Goody R.I.P

    Very sad news indeed. A great servant and respected rider and someone I shall always remember with affection and fond memories. Sad to think that my first year of following speedway at Cowley (1972) five of the original starting line-up are sadly no longer with us. Garry Middleton, Oyvind S. Berg, Ken McKinlay, Svein Kaasa and now 'Joe' Gooddy. May he R.I.P.
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    Speedway Star in the winter

    Remember 'Kojak' at Cowley...a real character and would wind up the crowd!
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    Heathens Heroes - NEW!

    I'm sure it is as I painted a picture of him in very similar, if not the same, leathers for a friend at the time.
  25. Having read Lee Kilby's superb book on father Bob it became apparent that Bob was more of a team player (like many others during that and subsequent periods) and found it difficult to motivate himself on the World stage.

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